Woodruff to discuss sea level, extreme floods at DMC

Winter 2018 in New England was one for the record books in terms of coastal flooding. Portland, Maine recorded high-water levels not experienced since the Blizzard of 1978.

University of Massachusetts associate professor Jon Woodruff will talk about “High water, extreme floods and coastal systems” at 10:30 a.m. July 20 in Brooke Hall at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center.

Woodruff will discuss how changes in tides, sea level and storm activity have influenced flooding in the region the last two centuries. He has evaluated impacts of 2018 storm events on beaches, marshes and estuaries in southern New England, highlighting the important role of storms in the evolution of coastal landscapes.

Woodruff, a faculty member in the UMass Department of Geosciences, specializes in sediment dynamics in coastal, estuarine and fluvial systems, studying how storms and floods are recorded within rocks of the Earth’s crust.

The talk is part of the DMC’s free, public Friday science seminars. To preregister and for a description of other seminars and speakers, visit the DMC website. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 207.563.3146.